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CCHS Students Bring the Gift of Giving to 48 Families in Need

CCHS Students Bring the Gift of Giving to 48 Families in Need

The spirit of Christmas giving is alive and well at Central Catholic! Entering its 18th year, the Christmas Project is an entirely student-operated initiative where CCHS students collect funds and then personally shop for 48 of the ‘least favored’ families in the surrounding community to ensure they have a happier holiday.

Student leaders work alongside Campus Ministry, to identify a representative from each of Central’s 48 homerooms, and the individual homerooms are assigned one family. After three collection days and a successful school-wide raffle, the donations are used to purchase gifts for each family, and delivered the week before Christmas in collaboration with Catholic Charities. Any additional donations are used to purchase coats, gloves and mittens for Lazarus House.

Senior Clare Fallon '20 led the Christmas Project efforts for her fourth year, alongside additional members of the leadership team Olivia Camacho '20, Jason Kenneally '20, Hugh O'Connor '21, and Caleb Scotch '23.

“I think the Christmas Project is an amazing way, especially during the Advent season of preparation, to focus on what the real spirit of Christmas is all about,” said Clare Fallon '20. “We are called as Catholics to serve others, specifically the least favored and vulnerable. For me, the Christmas Project is all about seeing this pure presence of God in the faces of those who are struggling in our own local community. I feel as though it is our job to help these individuals, even if it is simply by making sure they have gifts to wake up to on Christmas morning.”

Members of the CCHS faculty including Mrs. Vicki Blaszak, a campus minister, and Religious Studies faculty members Mr. Tim Hart '85 and Mrs. Diana Chase, also offered significant support to students throughout the process.

“The Christmas Project is a way for our entire school community to recognize the true meaning of Christmas and answer God’s call to help those who are not as fortunate as us,” said Clare Fallon '20. “It is amazing to see students come together to support such an important cause!”

Thank you to the students, faculty and staff who supported this Christmas Project. Due to your generosity, 48 families will hopefully have a happier holiday!



Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition

Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.